There will be changes to the pictured group of Scotts Bluff County Commissioners as Charles Knapper and Mark Harris handily defeated incumbent board members Mark Masterton and Sherry Blaha in Districts three and five, and incumbent Mark Reichert is leading by only five votes in District one pending the counting of provisional and absentee votes.
Knapper says hard work, strong support and solid fundraising allowed him to knock on doors and campaign without spending a dime of his and his wife’s money. He believes residents liked the fact he is a young Republican with fresh ideas.
Harris says he’s excited about the challenge of being a new county commissioner and while he believes being a former Scottsbluff mayor will be beneficial, there will be differences. Harris says he’s looking forward to preparing to sit on the board in January.
Both men say property taxes are an issue as well as corrections, Knapper concerned about taking juveniles to Cheyenne for detention.
Reichert narrowly leads Mick Lookabill in a race that is far from decided.